Ascent to Mount Mitchell-TH jctn. Old Mt.Mitchell Tr. on 2009-10-07

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen
Date:Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
Point Reached:Mount Mitchell - TH jctn. Old Mt.Mitchell Tr.
    Location:USA-North Carolina
    Elevation:6630 ft / 2020 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the return trip back. No reason to summit the peak twice in one day so we bypassed the tourist walk up the summit (last 50 feet vertical) and went back the Old Mitchell Trail. This trail is in moderate shape and has plenty of fun vertical moves that gives it a feel of a Class 2 hike instead of a maintained trail class 1. THe sign calls it strenuous but that is a relative term. I would not consider it stenuous for people that hike reguarly. The best part of this odler trail is that nobody used it this day. Despite perfect weather we never passed anyone coming or going on it. 4 miles round trip if that is all you are doing. It even has a restaurant about one third of the way from the parking lot where the main road and the trail come together briefly but the food was not very good.

Final day - we left parking lot at 12:40 PM and returned to the car by 4:55 PM. I got 4 peaks above 6,000 feet and covered around 7 miles and 2,800 feet vertical gain on this particular trip along the Old Mitchell Trail. Completed 3 peaks in Craggy Gardens that day also. Perfect weather and temperature.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:570 ft / 173 m
    Total Elevation Loss:820 ft / 249 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
beautiful afternoon
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:300 ft / 91 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Deep Gap Trail
    Start Trailhead:Gap between Craig and Mitchell  6330 ft / 1929 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:820 ft / 249 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 550 ft / 167 m; Extra: 270 ft / 82m
    Gain on way out:270 ft / 82 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Old Mt. Mitchell Summit Trail
    End Trailhead:Parking Lot at TH for Old Mitchell Summit Trail  6080 ft / 1853 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Mount Mitchell

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Hallback2009-10-07 c249 ft / 76 m
2Mount Mitchell2009-10-07 d754 ft / 230 m
3Mount Craig2009-10-07 e377 ft / 115 m
4Big Tom2009-10-07 f430 ft / 131 m
5Mount Craig2009-10-07 g497 ft / 151 m
6Mount Mitchell-TH jctn. Old Mt.Mitchell Tr.2009-10-07 h570 ft / 174 m
Total Trip Gain: 2877 ft / 877 m    Total Trip Loss: 2877 ft / 876 m

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